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William Buckler's 9 volumes on the larvae of the butterflies and moths represented a monumental feat of artistry over nearly 30 years. Published by the Ray Society in 1890, 1891 and 1893, Volumes 4, 5 and 6 cover the known British species of Noctuae at the time. Some of the nomenclature has since changed, but the species and life-cycle descriptions and the 52 plates of hand-coloured illustrations remain invaluable, although they are rarely seen.
Vols. 4 to 6 are available on one CD-ROM, for Windows PCs and Macs, with fully searchable text and hyperlinks for ease of navigation.
The quality of reproduction of illustrations and text is excellent.
The books are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (with free Reader software supplied), allowing high-quality printing of the text and plates.
In addition, the plates are available separately on the CD-ROM as high-resolution images.